Father’s parting words to son killed in California shooting: ‘I love you’

Arturo Kim
November 9, 2018

The deadliest attack in modern U.S. history came last year in Las Vegas when a 62-year-old man opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 country music concertgoersfrom the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

Thirteen people have died, including a gunman and a sheriff's sergeant, after a mass shooting at a California bar popular with college students, police said.

Alaina Housley, 18 - one of the victims in the Thousand Oaks shooting. He is survived by his wife and son.

"The chills go up your spine". "The last thing I said was, 'Son, I love you'".

"I don't know how, I don't know how", he said, before breaking into tears as he held onto his father-in-law. "I don't want thoughts".

He said that there are at least "six victims including one deputy" who are still inside the bar.

"He was shooting everything, from the speakers to anything", Kayla Simmons said. I looked up and he was moving to the right. Authorities said he deployed a smoke device and used a Glock. Two of his friends were among those killed.

"There are no words", Savannah Stafseth, who was outside the bar when the shooting began, told the Times. They were inside the Borderline Bar & Grill when the bullets rang out.

"There's people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there's people that have seen it twice", he said. I had to protect my friends and family, my fellow humans'.

"We've been talking about that, no matter what happens, she'll be in the best place she can possibly be in", Lee said.

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Long also had been a victim of battery at a different Thousand Oaks bar in January 2015, the sheriff said.

On Wednesday night, students gathered for college country night held between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., according to the bar's website.

The previous most deadly attack was another just a year earlier, when 49 people were killed in Pulse - a gay nightclub - in June 2016. in Orlando. On his other arm Thursday, he still had his wristband from the California bar.

Customer Matt Wennerstrom, 20, told several news outlets that once he saw the shooter open fire, he quickly ushered people behind a pool table. Armed with a knife in case an attacker came in, he hunkered down and waited with 40 other people for four hours. "My life has changed forever".

This was the deadliest mass killing in the USA since the massacre in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2017. I'm afraid he was the boy who went towards the gunman and not ran away.

"Hey, I got to go handle a call". You're always picking up on social cues.

"He died a hero", Dean said. Thousands of people stood along the route or pulled over in their vehicles to watch the hearse pass. Firefighters paid tribute by using two ladder trucks to raise a giant American flag over the route.

Kelly said he'll be looking to God for comfort in the coming weeks and months.

People at the bar fled from all exits, broke through windows and hid in the attic and bathrooms, the sheriff said.

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